Succulents are such wonderful plants. Succulents come in a lot of textures, sizes and colors and they are fairly easy to maintain. To display them in a creative way, we suggest making this easy, yet stunning topiary succulents ball. It takes a few days of simple preparations, but it is well worth it. If you love succulents as much as we do, this is the perfect spring DIY project for you. It will need a little patience to make, since you will have to wait for your moss ball to lose the excess moisture and for your plants to heal and develop the callus, but it will provide you with a wonderful, alive décor.
How to Make a Topiary Succulents Ball
Image via: Etsy – 2nd Nature Succulents – Topiary succulent ball
Supplies to make a Topiary Succulents Ball
Bowl with water
Various succulents plants
Tape and floral wire (optional)
Watch a video on how to make a succulent ball
You can find the link to the video on how to make a topiary succulent ball here.
- Add succulent fertilizer to the bowl that is half full with water. Insert the moss sphere into the water and let it fill up with water. Hang the sphere up for a couple of days, so that you will have a damp moss sphere.
- When your moss sphere is as damp as it needs to be you can start preparing your succulent. To prepare them, take each succulent plant out of its container and carefully remove all of the soil and roots, leaving as much as clean stem as possible, using a clipper to cut a small portion at the end off. Set the plants aside and let them form a callus at the point of the cut, which will take a few days.
- To make the succulents ball topiary, use the screwdriver or skewer to make a hole into the moss ball. The size of the hole has to be according to your plant’s stem size. Now, take a plant and insert it using its stem into the hole. If the stem of the plant is too short, you can easily craft a fake stem. To do that, take a piece of wire and poke it carefully through the existing stem. Bend it so to create a stem and tape around the wire to keep the two ends together. Don’t use tape too close to the succulents’ leafs.
- If the succulent isn’t as secure as you like, you can use a greening pin to secure them.
- Continue inserting all of the plants until you have covered the whole ball and you are ready.
- To care for your succulent plants, water it every one to two weeks depending on the climate. Try to get the water directly onto the moss and not on your plants’ leafs.
If you don’t have time to make your own succulents ball we like these for the home.
Image via: Etsy – Succulent Salon – Succulent care
How to make succulent gardens
Maintaining succulent gardens isn’t hard at all. You just need to be careful with the watering schedule and the place you keep them. The best way to cultivate succulents is to grow them inside containers, which are easy to move, too.
Tips about succulent care
The best way to care about your succulents is to keep them ideally watered. They don’t need much water and you should try to water the soil rather than water the leaves and plant itself. Also, don’t overdo it, since these plants are developed to live in water scarce environment. Succulents and Sunshine has a lot of great tips to take care of your indoor succulents.
Popular succulent plants
There are many succulent plants species you can choose from. The Burro’s Tail plant, the creeping sedum, the Hens-and-Chicks succulent, the Jade Plant ant the Medicine Plant (Aloe vera) are only a small section of the available. Sunset magazine features 12 of the best succulent plants varieties here.
Are all succulent plants cactus?
Although a plant that is a cactus is also a succulent, in hobby succulents gardens we use only succulents that aren’t cacti.
Image via: Etsy – Succulent Salon – Succulent ball
Love succulents as much as we do? This succulents wreath tutorial is perfect!
Image via: Etsy – Succulent Wreath Kit
Succulents are so pretty and easy to grow and keep that it is a pity not to have them in any house or garden. Experiment a little with different species of succulents to find out your favorite ones and cultivate them. They will thrive and give you a lot of joy throughout the year. They are perfect for every hobby gardener but also for the ones that don’t seem to have the green thumb and often can’t maintain even the simplest plant. Learning a few basic things about succulents and using the correct soil, fertilizer and water amount will bring you the results you want, guaranteed.
For more natural wreath tutorials take a look at this lavender wreath tutorial.